StatementJana Machatova is one of the first Slovak fine artists who completed the study of jewelry at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (under Cepka and Weisslechner). During her time there, she underwent a geometrizing and kinetic episode under Cepka’s influence; however, she soon shifted her attention to the theme of memory. She works on this theme in mutually interconnected layers – through her own story, touched up by retrospective optimism and through commentaries, which provide a bitter (or) realistic crown on sweet childhood times. Thus, the accent on personal, family or fantasy memory traces developed in the form of medallions in laminated photography or in carved silver sheets alternates by tuning in to a wider context. In her jewelry, Socialist Czechoslovakia marches with various attributes – badges of children’s pioneer organizations, prefabricated housing developments, barbed wire. Party leaders kissing, Spartakiad games, happy workers and merry children are a more telling description of the socialist era – in the sense of the artist’s sentimental-ironic poetics, they are frequently accompanied by a luxurious golden background and bucolic blueprint motifs. Another layer, to which she revisits with intermissions, is connected to the narrative provided by old postcards and newspapers, in her latest series focusing on, but not exclusively, the history of women’s crafts.
/ Viera Kleinova, 2019
About series Frauen-Fleiss
I am flicking through a tattered newspaper from 1909 and thinking of the woman who kept the supplement with instructions for needlework in a black folder in an old cabinet in the attic. She redrew the monogram designs and embroidery patterns in ink on translucent paper and included them in the scrapbook collection. I can imagine her sitting by the window, by our small window, embroidering her daughter’s trousseau or knitting baby slippers. I am thinking of the unknown woman who embroidered beautiful pictures, and yet she had no idea what horrors of the twentieth century awaited her. I am thinking of her and wishing her that the moment of peace and concentrated work on something nice would last as long as possible. At the same time, I feel an unusual affinity with her. I pour epoxy resin on the newspaper, trying to preserve the memory. It becomes translucent, but the contours remain, and the patterns overlap...
We are vulnerable and our lives are never completely in our hands. There are often some resolutions about us that have been made by other people. And then we feel as if we were naked. Nobody can hear us shouting, our words. Our faces are invisible, our eyes are only voiceless screams….
/ Jana Machatova
Exhibition 19 Nov 2021 - 03 Dec 2021 Double Yellow Line. Contemporary Jewelry Show about geographical, political and cultural borders.
Exhibition 05 Aug 2021 - 05 Dec 2021 On a Visit / Art Jewellery by Jana Machatová, Peter Machata and Kristyna Spanihelova.
Exhibition 30 Sep 2020 - 15 Dec 2020 METALLOphone: Museum.
Meeting 22 Sep 2020 - 30 Nov 2020 Šperkstret 2020: Body Politics and Jewelry.
Exhibition 17 Sep 2020 - 10 Oct 2020 Ordinary Life by Jana Machatova and Peter Machata.
Exhibition 11 Sep 2020 - 08 Nov 2020 Show me the Face by Jana Machatová and Peter Machata.
Exhibition 01 Apr 2020 - 30 Jun 2020 Simple Stories by Jana Machatova and Peter Machata.
Exhibition 11 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020 CANCELED / Nuda vita. The practice of collective and political body II.
Exhibition 07 Nov 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 Time in Us: The Communication Potential of Contemporary Jewellery by Jana Machatová and Peter Machata.
Exhibition 11 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2019 Instant Proximity.
Exhibition 02 Jun 2019 - 25 Aug 2019 and All That is Left Are Stories by Jana Machatová and Peter Machata.
Exhibition 18 Dec 2018 - 15 Feb 2019 20+ by Jana Machatová and Peter Machata.
Exhibition 22 Sep 2018 - 04 Nov 2018 1/1 by Jana Machatová and Peter Machata in Bratislava.
Exhibition 11 Sep 2018 - 13 Oct 2018 The Genius of Images.
Exhibition 06 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018 1/1 by Jana Machatová and Peter Machata.
Exhibition 10 Apr 2017 - 07 May 2017 On the Roads by Jana Machatová and Peter Machata.
Exhibition 20 Oct 2016 - 03 Dec 2016 Private Expeditions by Jana Machatová & Peter Machata.
Exhibition 22 Sep 2016 - 22 Oct 2016 4 x 4.
Exhibition 21 Sep 2016 - 07 Oct 2016 Kremnica 1990 - 2016.
Exhibition 15 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016 Hunters of Lists.
Exhibition 10 May 2016 - 11 Jun 2016 Expecting a Miracle by Jana Machatova and Peter Machata.
Fair 24 Feb 2016 - 01 Mar 2016 Schmuck 2016.
Exhibition 24 Oct 2015 - 10 Jan 2016 Omnia Vanitas.
Exhibition 25 Sep 2015 - 02 Oct 2015 Sperk Stret.
Exhibition 08 Oct 2014 - 10 Oct 2014 Jewellery by Jana Machatova and Peter Machata.
Exhibition 05 Sep 2013 - 01 Oct 2013 Jana Machatova: Love Over Gold.
Exhibition 06 Jun 2013 - 01 Sep 2013 Jana Machatova and Peter Machata: Ready to Wear.
Exhibition 15 Jun 2012 - 27 Jul 2012 10 Years kunst.wirt.schaft.
Fair 14 Mar 2012 - 20 Mar 2012 Schmuck 2012.
Exhibition 24 Nov 2011 - 13 Jan 2012 fremde federn - borrowed feathers.
Exhibition 08 May 2011 - 12 Jun 2011 Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER.
Book: Silver Meetings 2. Contemporary Jewellery in Legnica 2012 - 2019. Gallery of Art in Legnica. Gallery of Art in Legnica: Legnica, 2019
Book: Narrative Jewelry. Fenn, Mark. Schiffer Publishing: New York, 2017
Book: Jewelbook. International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art 12/13. Van Damme, Jaak. Stichting Kunstboek: Oostkamp, 2012
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